The nobility and gentry and even those holy men, the abbots, not content with the old rents that their farms yielded, nor thinking it enough that they, living at their ease, do no good to the public, resolve to do it hurt instead of good. . . . As if forest and parks had swallowed up too little of the land, those worthy countrymen turn the best inhabited places into solitude.
— SIR THOMAS MORE, Utopia (1516), Book I.